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John Adolphus Koosen

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1904. Mrs. J. A. Koosen.

John Adolphus Koosen (c1860-1913)

c1860 Born Johann Adolphe Koosen in Dresden, Germany.

1878 Became a naturalised British subject

1894 Married Kathleen Tyrell Pyt Vere Sall

1895 November 21st. Imported the fourth automobile in to the UK - made by Herr Lutzmann of Dessau [1]

1895 December 16th. In court for driving a car without a person carrying a red flag in front. He is of 1 Sussex Place, Southsea. 'Propelled by steam'. Fined 1s.

1896 November. Takes legal action against S. Rose of Southsea, a cycle manufacturer who had agreed to buy his Lutzmann car for £150 but failed to pay. [2]

1900 Letter.[3]

1904 KOOSEN, J. A., 1, Sussex Place, Southsea. Car: 6-h.p. Lutzmann. Is extremely devoted to all out-door sports. Finds motoring of exceptional value as a cure for insomnia and other nervous affections. Wishes to encourage motoring because it leads to a great saving of time, and also greater sanitation in the streets. Clubs: Royal, Portsmouth, Corinthian Yacht, Aero, Isle of Wight, Gun, A.C.G.B. & I. [4]

1904 KOOSEN, Mrs. J. A., 1, Sussex Place, Southsea. Car: 6-h.p. Lutzmann. Has been an enthusiastic motorist since 1895. Has had some exciting adventures on the road. Is fond of writing short stories, especially on motoring matters, upon which she writes with the experience of an expert chauffeuse. [5]

1911 At Rniels Private Hotel, Peperharow Road, Godalming: John Adolphus Koosen (age 51 born Dresden, Germany), Private means. With his wife Kathleen Koosen (age 31 born Tunbridge Wells).[6]

1913 24th September. John Adolphus Koosen dies at Forbury, Worthing. [7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Early History of Motoring by Claude Johnson
  2. The Times, Tuesday, Nov 17, 1896
  3. The Autocar 1900/01/27
  4. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  5. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  6. 1911 Census
  7. The Times, Saturday, Sep 27, 1913
  • Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1903